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13 Smith Wigglesworth Quotes That Will Challenge Your Faith

“One half of the trouble in the assemblies is the people’s murmuring over the conditions they are in. The Bible teaches us not to murmur. If you reach that standard, you will never murmur anymore. You will be above murmuring. You will be in the place where God is absolutely the exchanger of thought, the exchanger of actions and the exchanger of your inward purity. He will be purifying you all the time and lifting you higher, and you will know you are not of this world.”

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Number of Abortions in America Fell 12% Since 2010

The president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America partially credited the drop with the wide availability of contraception, telling the AP, “Better access to birth control and sex education are the biggest factors in reducing unintended pregnancies,” adding, “More restrictive abortion laws do not reduce the need for abortions." The president of Americans United for Life told the outlet, “There's an entire generation of women who saw a sonogram as their first baby picture. There's an increased awareness of the humanity of the baby before it is born." You can read the entire report here ...

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How to Talk About Your Religious Beliefs (Without Being a Jerk)

People ask me all the time how I can regularly interact with passionate people whose religious views are so very different from mine. (Actually, they usually ask how I can deal with “those ignorant morons,” but you get the point). While I don’t always succeed (as pride, judgment and general jerkiness will continue to seep in), I take great efforts to engage people in matters of faith in a way in a way that is respectful and Grace-giving, and to encourage conversation amongst others that doesn’t degenerate into vulgarity and personal attacks.

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Ask Pastor John

Daily audio clips of John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

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Loving My Sister-Brother

To my surprise he shot back, “Aren’t you going to judge me?” My heart ached with the hurt of my faith being misunderstood and the recognition that the prevailing view of Christians as judgers remains strong, even within the minds of those closest to us. I took some time and explained that judging is not my job. That’s God’s job. All I can do is try to love people in the best of the Holy Spirit’s goodness and grace apportioned to me and in a manner consistent with my beliefs. Jesus and the woman caught in adultery came to mind. Who am I, a sinner, to cast a stone at my brother? The grievous sins I have committed are no less or lighter weight than what my brother is walking out. If I am following in the way of Jesus, then I am called to respond in this conversation like Jesus did: “Neither do I condemn you....Go now and leave your life of sin” (John 8:11).

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Give the Word Time to Work

When a text grabs our attention, we must allow it time to do its work. The Spirit’s use of the sword of God’s word (Hebrews 4:12) to pierce into our deep places and bring about sanctification and transformation doesn’t always fit neatly into a daily devotional time or a Bible reading plan. Sometimes we need to clear our devotional schedule and linger over a text and wrestle with it, and probe into it, and let it probe into us.

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Thinking Again About Logic

If you want your thoughts on any given subject to be clear and careful, it usually requires engaging the topic more than once. To think again about something means that you want to get it right.

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God Wrote a Book (New Video)

So it is with the Bible. It is an immeasurable wonder that God has given us an inspired book containing the truth about himself and his ways and what he wills for our lives. If it had not been around for two thousand years, stocked in every bookstore, found in hotel drawers, courtrooms, mobile apps — if it arrived today, we would either write it off as a ludicrous myth, or we would bow down in worship and scarcely dare to touch it.

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You Can’t Outrun His Grace

And he’s seeking people in our cities. The university town where I minister is one of Michigan’s more liberal counties. Our church has several hundred members, a nice size but nothing enormous. Our growth has been slow and deliberate. No great revival has broken out. It’s tempting to think that there aren’t many more people left in our area who are looking for a church. That may be true, but God is still looking for sinners here! There is one seeking out the lost more than any of us. That ought to give us patience and it ought to give us love for those who seem (or feel) the most unlovable.  Perhaps that person in your life who is so frustrating, so belligerent, or so opposed to everything you stand for is the lost coin God is searching for or the lost sheep he has left the 99 to go and find.

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What It Really Means to Be a Disciple

In light of this, look at Mary again and take your cue from her. Learn what she understood—that being a disciple isn’t about serving or keeping a spiritual to-do list. It’s first and foremost about opening your heart and listening to Jesus, spending time with Him. It’s about being teachable, sitting at His feet. It’s about humility, acknowledging that He knows best how we should live our lives. It’s about loving Him, forsaking even important tasks for the sake of revering Him alone. And out of those values flow everything else. Including service and mission.

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Distraction Down Under: Hillsong Drops Mark Driscoll from Conference

“However, I do not want unnecessary distractions during our conference,” he wrote. “... It was clear to me that Mark’s attendance had the potential to divert attention from the real purpose of Hillsong Conference, which is to see people leave encouraged in their own spiritual journey.”

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Love & Mercy

Wilson’s life is a story of sensitivity to sound, for better or for worse. His early success with The Beach Boys came from his ability to mix sounds to perfect a new form of California pop and re-imagine the role of the recording studio as an instrument in its own right. Yet his hearing, coupled with all manner of psychotropic substances, plagues him with auditory hallucinations as well. Like many artists, Wilson’s most profound gift is also a curse. And his contributions to art come at great personal cost.

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The Distance Between Head and Heart

And we can prepare. There are true thoughts and false thoughts about how Siberia comes from God. Why it comes. How we are to respond. We can be about getting those thoughts sorted out from the Bible. And we can pray. Then when God’s time comes for our Siberia, we will be ready. And God will drive our faith, like a stake, from our head to our heart. And we will never be the same again.

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Young Man Who Spent Years in Jail Without Conviction Commits Suicide

According to a report in the New Yorker , Kalief Browder, 22, committed suicide this weekend. Browder was the subject of a heartbreaking New Yorker story , which recounted how, at the age of 16, he was thrown in the brutal Rikers Island jail for a crime he was innocent of. After spending three years in the jail—where he was beaten by staff and other inmates and spent two years in solitary confinement—the charges against him were dropped. According to Buzzfeed , he had also attempted suicide while in jail and since his release, but told Headline News back in 2013, “Prior to going to jail, I never had any mental illnesses" ...

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Attention: Brownie Batter Oreos Are Now a Thing

The mad snack scientists at Nabisco are at it again, proving once again that nothing will stop them on their quest to create humankind's perfect snack. According to The Impulsive Buy, the company unveiled a new “Brownie Batter” flavor at Chicago’s Sweet & Snacks Expo. The bold new combination joins other experimental flavors already available in stores including red velvet, cotton candy and s’mores. The future is now ...

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Our Catalyst Conversations series continues with David Crowder for a leadership discussion and Q&A centered around creativity and collaboration.

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What It Really Means to Be a Disciple

In light of this, look at Mary again and take your cue from her. Learn what she understood—that being a disciple isn’t about serving or keeping a spiritual to-do list. It’s first and foremost about opening your heart and listening to Jesus, spending time with Him. It’s about being teachable, sitting at His feet. It’s about humility, acknowledging that He knows best how we should live our lives. It’s about loving Him, forsaking even important tasks for the sake of revering Him alone. And out of those values flow everything else. Including service and mission.

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Preachers Must Sweat Out the Text

If you are a preacher then you know that you are never really ‘ready’ to preach. Preachers could always use more time in prayer, further meditation upon the text and to reconsider appropriate application. However, the time eventually comes when we must take that walk from our seat in the pew to stand behind the sacred desk to proclaim God’s word. It is at this point that we must be as ready to do what God has called us to do.

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Prayers for the Nation

Rev. Dagher has been serving the Lord for 46 years. He planted 6 churches in Lebanon, one church in Baghdad, a Fountain of Love centre in Northern Iraq, a Bible School in the Nuba Mountains, Sudan and a Bible School in Lebanon. He is supposed to be retired but is working harder than ever, helping displaced people and refugees in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. - See more at: http://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/a-day-of-prayer-for-the-middle-east-2...

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Andrew Fuller on Seeking the Will of God in the Word of God |

Seek it at the fountain-head .—You feel, I doubt not, a great esteem for many of your brethren now living, and admire the writings of some who are now no more; and you will read their productions with attention and pleasure. But whatever excellence your brethren possess, it is all borrowed; and it is mingled with error. Learn your religion from the Bible. Let that be your decisive rule. Adopt not a body of sentiments, or even a single sentiment, solely on the authority of any man—however great, however respected. Dare to think for yourself. Human compositions are fallible. But the Scriptures were written by men who wrote as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit. Human writings on religion resemble preaching—they are useful only so far as they illustrate the Scriptures, and induce us to search them for ourselves.

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Kirsten Powers on Faith and Freedoms

Kirsten: --and if they don't, they're going to be delegitimized because their views are not legitimate. So, it's not that you're pro-life, it's that you are a misogynist and you hate women. It's not that you oppose same-sex marriage; it's that you're a homophobe and a bigot. You know, and so those are conversation enders, not conversation starters. Once you say that, that kind of ends the conversation, 'cause who wants to listen to a homophobe or a misogynist, right? And then other people see this and they say, wow, well, that person sort of stepped out and said this and look what happened to them. I don't want to do that. Most people don't want to get in the middle of some big cultural battle. They just want to raise their families--

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A teenage Charlie Parker has a cymbal thrown at him

But now he'd left the world he knew. A college-trained musician could have called out the next chord to him in an instant, but Parker was a high school dropout making it up for himself. While Jones's pulse surged on behind him, the teenager lost the tune, and then the beat. Jones stopped, and Parker froze, clutching his gleaming new saxophone. Jones contemptuously threw a cymbal at his feet, and the reverberations were followed by the sound of laughter and catcalls. Ross Russell, Charlie Parker's biographer, has the teenager leaving the club saying to himself, "I'll be back" and he kept his promise – not only returning to square things with doubters, but to show everybody with an open mind and open ears a new kind of 20th-century music-making.

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Gazza 'prays' he won't go back to drink – Premier Premier

Speaking at the premiere of a documentary about his life in London last night he said: "I just pray I don't pick up another drink, I don't want to but I just stay strong for you guys.

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Truth in Christ

Michael Ramsden, international director of RZIM joins HTB for Try Church Sunday discussing the theological idea of truth in Christ.

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27 Pizza Hut Designed a Pizza Box that Turns into a Movie Projector

Even if you are somehow not a fan of pizza and movies (though, honestly, who isn’t?), you should be able to appreciate the ingenious design behind Pizza Hut’s new Blockbuster Box, which turns your smartphone into a home theater. Sadly, according to The Verge , they are only available in Hong Kong at the moment, but with their simple construction (all you need is an iPhone to make it work), there’s no reason these cardboard film projectors can’t be released around the world ...

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http://rickwarren.org/devotional/english/to-hear-god-get-near-god2

The Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10 NIV). That means sit down and shut up. That's how you hear God and get near to God. You have to sit alone and just be quiet with your Bible and say, “God, is there anything you want to say to me?” You read God’s Word, and you talk to him about what's on your heart.

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Bishop of Derby: "Europe is a very young animal" – Premier Radio

"But in terms of political arrangements the EU is a very young animal - and so I think it's a big political question, and a right and a proper one to say 'how can nation states, if they have a future, and that's a question I think, how can they learn to co-operate economically, politically, monetarily'?"

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Tony Campolo calls for 'full acceptance' of gay couples – Premier Radio

In a blog on his website the American says "countless hours of prayer, study, conversation and emotional turmoil" have brought him to a place where he's ready to speak up for gay people in the Church.

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Mailbag: A Question on Prior Obligations to Divine Command Theory

I always thought that the strength of a DCT versus a non theistic robust ethic view (perhaps like Wielenberg's) was that a DCT was able to explain the unconditional "ought" of moral obligations. For if moral obligations were brute facts, then the question "why should I love my neighbor" is answered by "because it's simply the right thing to do," and then if someone were to ask, "why is it the right thing to do?", the final answer would be: "because it just is." I thought the advantage a theist has is that he can say that an action is right because God commands that it is right, which on the surface sounds like it provides a wider explanatory scope compared to the "it just is" answer. However, the prior obligation objection seems to ask the question "Why should I obey God's commands" and it would seem like we have a separate obligation (apart from the Will of God), to obey his commands (as the reviewer points out). Thus, it would seem like a theistic component to explain moral obligations might not be better off than the robust ethicist’s view. What are your thoughts on this? I understand that you've been reviewing Evan's book on the website.

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Solicitor: Michael Slager indictment in Walter Scott shooting just the beginning

A Charleston County grand jury on Monday indicted the former North Charleston policeman who fatally shot Walter Scott, marking the second time in the past year that a white South Carolina officer has been formally charged with murder in a black man’s death.

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Aug 4-6 | Louisville, KY | Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Aug 4-6 | Louisville, KY | Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Sunday Quote!- Adam and Eve had different names?

You’re allowing two different standards to be used here, which is why this apologetic version of ‘inherited’ sin is neither coherent nor consistent. Link me personally to this Adam if you want me to be responsible for inheriting something from him, something over which I may exercise my will, my choices. Don’t assign to me personal responsibility for a hypothetical ‘sin’ committed by another in another time and another place. Holding me responsible for something over which I had no say is immoral because if I do not have the power to alter it then I do not have any responsibility for it.

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Tennis Pro Michael Chang Opens Pieology Pizzeria in La Mirada

Using only the freshest ingredients along with signature sauces and crusts, award-winning Pieology Pizzeria offers hand-crafted, personally-inspired pizzas in unlimited flavor combinations that are stone oven fired in less than three minutes. Founded in 2011 by Carl Chang, Pieology is the true “pie-oneer” in the fast casual custom pizza sector, evolving from the simple idea to turn America’s most crave-able food into an affordable and interactive experience. The mission of Pieology Pizzeria is to inspire individual creativity in a positive atmosphere where guests can gather with family and friends, while enjoying their delicious pizza creations. Along with providing great food and a memorable dining experience, Pieology is committed to making a positive difference in the communities it serves, one pie at a time. Pieology is on schedule to open 110 restaurants by the end of 2015, with commitments for 500. Furthermore, Technomic, the leading fact-based consulting and research firm serving the food industry, reported Pieology as the fastest growing limited service restaurant chain, having more than tripled both sales and unit growth in 2014.

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Against the age.

“The man whose little sermon is ‘repent’ sets himself against his age, and will for the time being be battered mercilessly by the age whose moral tone he challenges. There is but one end for such a man—‘off with his head! You had better not try to preach repentance until you have pledged your head to heaven.” Joseph Parker

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Samuel D. James on Twitter

"Freethinkers" enforce their own intellectual boundaries. Articulate an atheistic case for traditional marriage, and see what happens.

38 The TC Apologetics Daily

The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.